Plein Air Painters Of New Mexico Hosts ‘Paint Out’ April 21-29 In Jemez Springs Followed By Exhibition


Fifty-five artist members of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico  (PAPNM) will be at work painting in Jemez Springs and the surrounding area from April 21 through April 29, culminating in a show at the Jemez Fine Art Gallery at 17346 Hwy 4 in Jemez  Springs from April 29 through May 10. This is the first time in three years that the event  has taken place in Jemez Springs. 

“For anyone who is enchanted by the dramatic landscapes of Jemez Springs, it is fascinating  to see an artist starting with a blank canvas then within a couple hours have a finished painting  revealing their singular perspective,” said PAPNM co-chair, Wendy Ahlm. “We are excited to  host the event again in Jemez Springs which has amazing opportunities not only for the artists  but for visitors who want to watch artists at work, and take a piece of Jemez Springs home with  the resulting paintings.” 

The paint out area includes Fenton Lake, Battleship Rock, Soda Dam, Bandelier National Monument, Gilman Tunnels, the Jemez Historic site, numerous fishing and picnic areas along  the Jemez River, the Valles Caldera, and for those up for a short hike, Jemez Falls.The public  is invited to visit the area and see the artists at work.  

The painters are competing for cash and merchandise awards. The show will be judged by  PAPNM Signature Member, Dick Wimberly, who has been painting outdoors for over 40 years,  and has taught art to everyone from children in Albuquerque Public Schools to adults at  Eastern New Mexico University. In addition to winning awards in various competitions,  Wimberly is the only artist who has won three times the Jeff Potter award for best landscape  by a New Mexico artist at the PAPNM National Juried Members Show. Dick has sold his work  through galleries in New York, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico and has had many one-man  shows. 

The public is invited to an opening at the Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery on April 29 from 1-3  p.m. to see the works painted the previous week. Most of the entries will be for sale. The show  will be up through May 10, 2023 at the Jemez Fine Art Gallery and there is no admission fee.  The gallery is located at 17346 NM-4 in Jemez Springs. 

The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico is a non-profit, professional association of artists  dedicated to the business of preserving and promoting painting “en plein air” – in the open air  or outdoors. Anyone can join as an artist member (there is a $40 annual membership fee.) 

For more information contact Wendy Ahlm, event co-chair at (505) 379-1254 or; or Susan Nichols, event co-chair (505) 417-4304 or To find out more or join as a member, visit